AU celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with Student Testimonies

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by taking a look at the School of Education and how students and alumni are well prepared within it for the vocation of teaching. The origins of Teacher Appreciation Week date back to the 1940s, and in 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt lobbied Congress to set aside one day to recognize educators. Teacher Appreciation Week was designated by the National Parent Teacher Association in 1984, and is held during the first full week of May.

The AU School of Education offers comprehensive majors in elementary education, music education, physical education, and in secondary education with concentrations in English/language arts, math, social studies, Spanish, or a complementary major in TeachScience. The school also offers a Transition to Teaching program, designed to prepare license individuals who have already obtained a four-year degree. Alumni and students of the program have great things to say about their experiences with the School of Education.

“My professors, especially education professors, pushed me to better myself,” said Miranda Fullerton BA ’17, who works in special education at Alexandria-Monroe Intermediate School. “My professors really invested in me and taught me a lot about myself. I really didn’t know how much they taught me until I started working. I found that I was more prepared than I thought and people at work comment on the knowledge and abilities that I have. The hands-on experience was fantastic.”

Lauren Vale BA ’18 has known since she was a little girl that she wanted to become an elementary school teacher. She says that her favorite parts about her time at AU are the relationships formed through the elementary education program. “My professors have been excellent. I know that they truly care about me and want me to succeed. I have found friendship in many of them that I will treasure far beyond graduation. I have had so many experiences that I would not have had at another college or university. Through these experiences, I feel I have been fully prepared to take on the world of teaching.”

Michaela Schuld will be a senior upon her return for the 2018-19 school year. She says, “In the School of Education, I have been able to make personal connections with each and every one of my professors while also learning how to facilitate a classroom in the best way possible. I have been given knowledge on a broad range of topics ranging from how to identify students’ functioning performance levels to what kind of instruction works best for each type of student. I feel that I am fully equipped to take on student teaching in my senior year.”

“I decided that I wanted to be a music teacher when I was in middle school,” said Carrie VanderMolen BA ’18. “I have always been involved in music; I have a passion for it. I also had a wonderful music teacher who inspired me to pursue this career. AU’s music education program is one of few that offers the opportunity to be a licensed teacher in both vocal and instrumental music. That type of program was exactly what I needed.”

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in businessmusic education, and theology.

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